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Haiti: Prime Minister resigns


Laurent Lamothe

Laurent Lamothe


Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe today announced that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down.

In a speech that was delayed past midnight, Lamothe said he was leaving “with a sense of accomplishment,” adding: “This country has undergone a deep and dynamic transformation and a real change in benefit of its people.”

President Michel Martelly said earlier he accepted the findings of the commission that had recommended Lamothe’s replacement.

Martelly appointed Lamothe as prime minister in 2012, and some political analysts believe Lamothe might seek the presidency in upcoming elections.

Lamothe’s resignation complicates the current political situation because nominations for a new prime minister require approval from Parliament and it is unclear whether someone would be nominated before Parliament is dissolved in January, said Michael Deibert, author of “Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti.”

He noted that Lamothe was Martelly’s third nomination for prime minister during a drawn-out selection process.

“Without a functioning Parliament and without a prime minister, I’m afraid it could be a tumultuous time in January,” Deibert said in a telephone interview from Cap-Haitien.

He warned that political instability would undermine confidence in the government and the confidence that the international community has in Haiti in terms of investment.

“That’s not an image that Haiti wants to project to the world,” Deibert said.

Haiti’s capital has endured a growing number of violent demonstrations in recent weeks during which protesters have demanded the holding of elections that were expected in 2011 and the resignations of Lamothe as well as Martelly.

Yesterday, one man was found dead in a protest in Port-Au-Prince during clashes with police who fired tear gas. It was not immediately clear how the man died, but he was shot at least once in the wrist.

Demonstrations also spread to other towns, including Gonaives and Cap-Haitien.

The unrest followed a demonstration Friday in which U.N. peacekeeping troops opened fire on a crowd that marched through Port-au-Prince, set tires on fire and skirmished with troops and police.

Martelly’s administration blamed the delay in holding elections on six opposition senators who contend legislation that would authorize the vote unfairly favors the government.

The commission set up to break the impasse recommended that Lamothe resign, along with the head of the Supreme Court and current members of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council. It also called for the release of several “political prisoners.”

Martelly said he would meet tomorrow with government officials to discuss the commission’s report.

Administration officials have insisted the government wants to hold the elections.

The terms of 10 senators expire in mid-January and Parliament will be dissolved, meaning Martelly would rule by decree. (AP)

8 Responses to Haiti: Prime Minister resigns

  1. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series December 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Barbados, take note! lol

  2. Sandra Madea Straker
    Sandra Madea Straker December 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Barbados NEXT

  3. Angela Sandra Paul
    Angela Sandra Paul December 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    ….”.elections that were expected in 2011″. The country didn’t have elections. Barbados….a different story.

  4. Maxine Hutchinson December 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Why would Barbados be next? Is it because persons can only think of violence and war to get things done? Must there always be war on your minds? Why are you putting out vibrations of war? How would such help you? Why would anyone wish that same state for Barbados? Are you not Barbadian?

    Those of you who think in this way, can you read or are you dependent on persons whom you hold in high esteem to put thoughts in your head?

    Is your faculty of Reason dormant?

    Why not ask the Master instead to bless Barbados and let us live as brothers and sisters? Are you one who wants to see us fall to the depths of despair simply because of your political allegiance?

    Forgive me if I am wrong to this end but I have discovered that persons who differ in their political allegiance are the ones to make such comments and your vibrations of anger speak to wanting something in haste. Can you provide what ever you believe is better for Barbados? Cast aside those angry vibrations because you will hurt yourself if you continue in this vein. Some anger you have!

  5. Renaldo Windsor
    Renaldo Windsor December 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    No note taking from Haiti sorry some where else

  6. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes December 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    So this is how you get a Prime Minister to step down, I hope Barbadians are taking notes.

  7. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Froon. held off on elections too. Beyond five years. Barbadians only had elections last year Feb 2013…..

  8. Tony Webster December 15, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Haiti, Year-of-our-Lord 2014: world’s first free black nation; brilliant General Toussaint; followed by a shameful panopoly of miscreants and vagabonds; Papa-Doc; then Baby-doc; then all kinds of doc’s- and “croks’; environmental madness with two trees left standing, and bare earth everywhere ; poster-child for everything “basket-case”; then The Priest Who Would Be President; then Billions of aid; ditto AIDS; what an accursed country. I could scarce believe my eyes, when three years back, I read of humans eating mud-cakes of tallow and sugar. Even the Gods have cursed her, and the billions after the quake have evaporated, with misery still all around.
    Who to blame? The French? The U.N.? God? The Brits (Their fault for not kicking-out the French, perhaps?)
    Surely, no blame attaches to Haitians…and their “elected leaders”? The solution: give them more billions…so they might hold “elections”? Or just create more mega-rich politco-crooks? in the abscence of literal and figurative bread…give them …cake?
    One’s heart aches for Haiti, and I pray for them and for I pray for all oppressed peoples… including some bretheren in our Caribbean midst…who are headed in dubious and dangerous direction. However, one fact remains un-deniable: a populace also cannot escape responsibility for the leaders whom they elect.


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